Program Effectiveness Review

Program Effectiveness Review (PER) is a systematic way to assess the quality of instructional programs and determine ways to improve the quality of education, scholarship and service. The purpose of program review is threefold:

  1. To assure that the faculty and administration provide high-quality career training and academic programs for students.
  2. To identify opportunities for improvement in each program.
  3. To determine the strengths and challenges of the existing program and to set strategies and plans of continuous improvement in order to provide future learners with more competitive skills, viable knowledge and quality education.

All these will ensure the college is meeting business and industry needs by supplying a trained workforce.

Program Effectiveness Review Process

Per Article 8.21 of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement, all instructional programs will be reviewed over a three-year cycle. A calendar of programs scheduled for review is posted below and on the college’s intranet page.

Quarter One:

During the first quarter of review, program faculty will work collaboratively with their instructional dean and program advisory committee to complete the Program Effectiveness Report. The Institutional Research Office, Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, Curriculum and Assessment Committees, Online Learning Center, and other groups will provide additional support. The report is due to the Office of Instruction by the last day of the quarter.

Quarter Two:

During the second quarter of review, the program faculty members and instructional dean will present their findings in a joint meeting with members of the Assessment Task Force/Committee, Vice President of Instruction, and college leadership (as necessary). Collective feedback will be shared with the program faculty and dean with recommendations on program improvements and next steps. The results of the PER will also be shared at the following program’s advisory committee meeting.

View Program Effectiveness Review Form

Bates Technical College reviews its programs using the following schedule.

Winter 2023


Dental Assisting

Child Studies

Spring 2023Electrical Construction

Architectural Woodworking/Cabinet Making Technology

Dental Lab Technician

Software Development

Fall 2023Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology

Fire Service & Emergency Medical Technician

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Administrative Business Assistant

Winter 2024Automotive Technician

Administrative and Certified Medical Assistant


Mechanical Engineering Technology

Electrical Engineering Technology

Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology*

Practical Nursing

Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC)

Spring 2024Welding

Biomedical Service Tech/Electronic Equipment Service Tech

Automation and Mechatronics

Facilities Maintenance

Cloud Computing and Networking Technology

Information Technology Specialist

Fall 2024Early Childhood Education

Culinary Arts

CTE Teacher Prep Program


Winter 2025Auto Body


Sheet Metal Technology

Digital Media

Broadcasting/Video Production

Spring 2025Carpentry




Fall 2025Commercial Truck Driving


Tech High Programs

General Education

Winter 2026Motorcycle and Marine Technology



Business Management*

*Program is currently on pause.